Graft Allegation: Moudud talks tough against PM

“Don’t forget 14 cases had been filed against you on charges of corruption during the last caretaker government. You had also suffered in jail for 11 months… Had the cases been tried you would have been awarded 108 years of imprisonment, but you have withdrawn the cases after becoming the Prime Minister,” he said pointing at Sheikh Hasina.

Moudud came up with the counter attack at a civic condolence meeting a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina calling him a ‘great fraud’.

Zia Parishad, a pro-BNP platform, orgainsed the meeting at Diploma Engineers Institute in the capital in memory of recently expired veteran journalist Ataus Samad and BNP chairperson’s younger brother Maj (retd) Syed Iskandar.

Earlier on Friday, Moudud Ahmed, also a BNP standing committee member, released a 67-page investigation report of his party’s eight-member team on the recent attacks on Buddhists in Ramu and Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office. The opposition probe panel led by him found the government’s indirect instigation in the mayhem.

In her instant reaction to the probe report, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday questioned the acceptability of the report, terming the head of the committee (Moudud) a ‘great fraud’.

“It came out during the caretaker government that the BNP leader had opened 20 bank accounts in 20 different names with separate signatures for each of the accounts….what a ‘great fraud’ he is!” she said. The BNP leader (Moudud) had captured a foreigner’s house at Gulshan, and he was also convicted on charges of corruption and got presidential clemency,” she said when leaders of Jatiya Sramik League met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

Reacting to the PM’s remarks, Moudud said, “I don’t want to insult the country’s premier labeling her as a liar and a fraud though she had called me a fraud. But she should be cautious in using words while making remarks. “We want a prime minister having sense of self-esteem.”

About his party’s probe report, the BNP leader said they conducted a fair investigation into the communal attack to unfold the truth and prepared the report based on facts. “The Prime Minister’s reaction to the report also proved that we’ve unearthed the truth as he launched a personal attack on me having failed to counter the report.”

Moudud said Sheikh Hasina personally attacked him only to divert people’s attention from the Ramu violence.

He accused the government of instigating the attacks on Buddhists, saying the government used communal attacks as a card to win global sympathy that Bangladesh will become a militant state if they do not stay in power. ”But their trick didn’t click as they have been caught this time.”
On the night of September 29, religious zealots went on a rampage in Ramu of Cox's Bazar, leaving 12 temples and monasteries and over 50 houses destroyed. The violence was apparently triggered by the posting of a photo on the facebook defaming the holy Quran.

Mentioning that the World Bank branded the government as a global thief, the former law minister said his party, if voted to power, will try those involved in corruption in Padma Bridge project, Destiny Group, Hall-Mark and Railway.

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